Woman hoarding gas flees police, catches on fire after crash
A woman who was hoarding gasoline tried to flee police in a stolen car and crashed into a fiery wreck in South Carolina.
A Pickens County Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a 2007 Pontiac G6 Thursday evening after he ran the plates and found it was stolen, officials said.
The driver, Jessica Dale Patterson, 28, tried to outrun the pursuing deputy, but lost control of the car and flipped it over on the side of the road, according to a press release.
“The vehicle immediately caught fire, and multiple explosions were heard inside the vehicle,” officials wrote.
Patterson emerged from the car on fire herself, and the deputy pushed her to the ground to extinguish the flames.
The suspect told authorities she was “hoarding” several containers of fuel in the trunk, which were responsible for the fire.
There was no immediate word on the Patterson’s condition or charges against her.
The incident comes two days after the White House pleaded with Americans not to hoard gas amid the ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline.
The Southeast was hit hardest by the fuel shortage. By Thursday morning, fuel was once again flowing to the region.